"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
~John Muir

At the beginning of a few of my classes this week, I've asked my students to call to mind one thing that they are grateful for in their life.  I caution them that there is a good chance that many things will come to mind.... then I ask them again, just for this exercise, to focus on only one (reminding them, of course, that they can do it again later with all the others!).

While we move through our asana practice, I ask them to recall the thing for which they are grateful.  I try to do this when we are in challenging poses as well as poses that are more ease-ful.... but especially when there is any hint of a struggle or unnecessary tension.  Then I ask them to consider how shifting awareness from struggle to gratitude influences their physical and emotional bodies.

This is a version of practicing Patanjali's Yoga Sutra II.33...

Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavana

When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite [positive] ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.

Since we don't have a ton of special events at the studio this weekend (unless you are in the Teacher Training program), I'm going to recommend getting OUTSIDE for some time in nature.... which, as Jody reminded me last week, "is good for your soul."  Perhaps you can put a little pratipaksha bhavana into practice like I did last weekend... shifting perspective as only nature's peace can provide... the leaves of Autumn!


w/ Alana DeLoge

FRIDAY, October 23rd 2015
benefit for: benefit for: Fundación Khuska Wiñana
6:30-8 p.m.

by donation / pay what you wish 

w/ Paul Richards

SUNDAY, October 25th 2015
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing

We are thrilled to share our studio space for a new weekly event...

7:30-8:30 a.m.
by donation

Join Tricia Chirumbole on Thursday mornings for one hour of free-form movement guided by a thoughtfully designed playlist and light facilitation. Our Sacred Grooves journey will move us from waking up and tuning in, through delving deeper and exploring, into unleashing, then slowing back into stillness. Kickstart your day with intention, awareness, and creative self-expression! No dancing experience required or dance steps to learn! Come as you are, and move as you wish!

Tricia Chirumbole is a life-long lover of dance and movement, who is passionate about co-creating mindful and authentic community experiences. Tricia's training and influences as a movement facilitator include: DancingMindfulness (trauma-informed), Somasource, Contact Improv, and Ecstatic Dance. You are likely to find other mindfulness practices woven into Tricia's gatherings, including: soul journaling, compassionate listening, non-violent communication, meditation, yoga, shadow work, and play!!

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